It’s okay to enjoy a treat! Learning to be mindful when you eat can help you eliminate guilt and eat just enough. The 3-bite rule is a helpful tool that will help you stay in control and enjoy your food. Here’s how it works:
- First bite: Taste it. Allow your mouth to say hello to the flavors.
- Second bite: Enjoy it. Savor the flavors and give yourself permission to get pleasure from it.
- Third bite: Say goodbye. Nothing tastes as good as those first few bites. Notice that the third bite doesn’t give you the same pleasure that the first two did. Recognize it’s time to move on.
The bites should be slow so you can really taste the food. Avoid mindless chewing and swallowing. Enjoy the flavors and textures.